Now that gambling is legal in Indiana, you are sure to have some questions about what you can and can’t do. So we have put together this handy guide to help clear up any questions you may have. If you need anything clarifying, or have any further questions, feel free to contact us, or get us on Twitter @Gamble_USA
Is gambling legal in Indiana?
Absolutely. Lawmakers in the Hoosier State signed a bill into law in May 2019 and the first legal sports bets were placed in state authorized casinos on September 1, with mobile betting starting a month later.
Who can place bets?
Essentially anyone aged 21 years or older and physically located inside Indiana can wager real money. You don’t have to a resident either, a fact not lost on bettors in neighboring states such as Illinois and Michigan, where sports betting remains illegal for the time being.
Where can I bet?
Unlike in some other states that have legalized sports betting, mobile betting is allowed statewide and bettors can register remotely, without having to first visit a brick-and-mortar casino. If you want to see what are the best Indiana Sportsbook apps, check out our dedicated page
Of course, some bettors will still prefer the buzz of being inside a physical sportsbook and they are well catered for at the 14 casinos currently open for business in Indiana.
- Belterra Casino
- Blue Chip Casino
- French Lick Resort Casino
- Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg
- Hoosier Park
- Horseshoe Southern Indiana
- Horseshoe Casino
- Indiana Grand Casino
- Majestic Star
- Majestic Star II
- Rising Star Casino Resort
- Tropicana Evansville
- Four Winds South Bend (Native American)
What’s the choice for mobile bettors?
A couple of operators went live with their online sportsbooks and mobile apps within a few hours of each other in early October 2019: DraftKings and Rush Street Interactive, under the BetRivers brand.
With the state having set an operator-friendly tax rate of 9.5% on adjusted gross sports betting revenue, we can expect plenty more operators to apply for licenses in the coming weeks/months.
That should ensure healthy competition and bettors are likely to benefit from competitive lines and generous promotions, as sportsbooks compete against each other for your hard earned cash.
How can I download the apps?
It’s easy on your smartphone. For iPhone, simply go to the Apple Store and download the app directly. If you have an Android device, you’ll have to visit a website browser and download from there as Google prohibit real money gambling apps in their Play Store. Have a look on each our Sportsbook apps for detailed download guides for each operator.
What will I need to create an account?
Just be prepared to enter some personal information and in the knowledge it’s being held safe and secure due to SSL encryption. This will include:
- Your legal name
- Your birth date
- Your residential address
- Your email address
- Your cell number
- Last four digits of your social security number
- Your debit or credit card number
What sports can I bet on?
The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) approved 19 sports, more than enough for most casual bettors. They include the four major US leagues, naturally, and plenty of other popular sports too, including some more niche ones. Here’s a sample list:
Can I bet on college sports?
You certainly can as lawmakers didn’t set any restrictions on NCAA games, unlike in New Jersey. So that means you can wager on all your favorite college teams, whether they are at home or on the road, and including the following:
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- Purdue Boilermakers
- Butler Bulldogs
- Indiana Hoosiers
- Indiana State Sycamores
- Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons
- Valparaiso Crusaders
What kind of bets are available?
Bettors are spoilt for choice over what to bet on as in addition to the standard offerings, such as moneylines and spreads, you will find a whole host of team and player props.
That’s not all as things really hot up once a game goes live in-play as sportsbooks will go all out to offer bettors a diverse choice of live wagers, with lines updating in real time, and more than enough to satisfy most casual bettors.
Here’s just a small sample what to expect:
- Totals (over-unders)
- Round Robins
- Live in-play
What are the banking options?
These will differ from operator to operator but we’d expect to see the following deposit and withdrawal methods being offered:
- Deposit/credit cards
- Bank transfers, including ACH (eCheck) transfers
- PayNearMe (pay with cash at any eligible 7-Eleven or CVS)
- Casino branded prepaid cards (Play+)
- Electronic wallets such as PayPal, Skrill or Neteller
- Cash at the affiliated retail casino cage
Can I play casino games or poker?
Not yet and a further law change would be required, so we’ll just have to be content with legal sports betting for now.
Who benefits from legal sports betting?
All stakeholders are winners and not just bettors as casinos benefit from increased footfall, the operators expand their footprint in the state and increase revenue, while the state’s General Fund gets a healthy financial boost too.